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#1 Luc Janssens

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Photo courtesy from Eric at Mautomobile forum France

http://www.mautomobi...74

 

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Update 01-31-2014, photo's below courtesy of Andreas Eichendorff from IPMS Germany

http://www.ipmsdeuts...nd.de/news.html

 

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 01:49 PM

interesting that such a relatively mundane people-mover only SLIGHTLY less ubiquitous than a 2CV would end up kitted. I once thought you could collect and send in Gitanes wrappers to get the real deal.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

If I'm not mistaken isn't the 4L the new "Pope-mobile"?



#4 Tom Geiger

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:23 PM

I did just get my Citroen 2CV van kit  and now this one!?!  I seriously need one.  I remember that these were all over the place when I was a kid in Europe.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:25 PM

That will be neat to see...the van version would be neat also.  I saw a green one like the pic below recently in an episode of the Irish crime drama 'Jack Taylor'.

 

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:52 PM

Whaaaa? I didn't even think Heller was still tooling up new stuff...and that 4L is awesome! Cool beans.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 12:28 AM

They use them for hunting in the Dordogne.  Unroadworthy R4s can be seen for sale bearing signs "pour la chasse" and they end their lives carrying 4 drunk shotgun armed french hunters round the woods in pursuit of deer and boar.



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:25 AM

I would never have thought that somebody will ever release a kit of this car in 1/24, so I bought myself a Fabbri/Quattroruote diecast 1st Series Renault 4L in 1/24 scale (see pics below).

 

The Heller version shown above is a 3rd Series car.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 03:03 AM

     That just could turn out to be the ultimate Sleeper! Imagine an otherwise Stock build but with Mini Cooper 1275S Engine/Trans and suspension  :o



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:29 AM

WAT??? All I got was some French speaking model forum. No pics or nuthin, wats up?



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:34 AM

WAT??? All I got was some French speaking model forum. No pics or nuthin, wats up?

 

http://www.heller.fr...tif-heller-2014

 

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:14 AM

Cheers for the heads-up!  It's about time that there was a kit of this.  The description says that there are only 88 pieces though, but I hope it is full detail like Heller's earlier old / classic car kits.  Btw, some definite good news is that several more of their old ones are being re-released - the Hispano Suiza K6, Bugatti T50 and Delahaye 135 :)



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:56 AM

Cheers for the heads-up!  It's about time that there was a kit of this.  The description says that there are only 88 pieces though, but I hope it is full detail like Heller's earlier old / classic car kits.  Btw, some definite good news is that several more of their old ones are being re-released - the Hispano Suiza K6, Bugatti T50 and Delahaye 135 :)

 

The Renault 4 CV is only 88 pieces and it has an engine and everything else you'd expect.



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 01:32 PM

Thanks for the info' this one's going on the "must get" list, the Renault 4 was everywhere when I was growing up in Spain, as they were made in Valladolid, for the Spanish market.



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 01:50 PM

Thank You Luk! I REALLY like the Bugatti Coupe!



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:12 AM

Whaaaa? I didn't even think Heller was still tooling up new stuff...and that 4L is awesome! Cool beans.

They weren't for a while, when they went under along with Airfix and Humbrol, Heller was split off and placed into receivership by the French government while Airfix and Humbrol went into receivership in the UK.   Airfix and Humbrol were bought almost immediately by Hornby, while it took a few years to get a buyer for Heller, but French toy company Joustra eventually acquired them about a year or so ago.  The man now in charge of Heller is a relatively young guy, in his early 30's, he interned at Tamiya in Japan and helped with the design and tooling of some of their recent super-kits like the 1/32 Spitfire IX and P-51D. He seems very ambitious about doing new tooling at Heller. 



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:53 AM

They weren't for a while, when they went under along with Airfix and Humbrol, Heller was split off and placed into receivership by the French government while Airfix and Humbrol went into receivership in the UK.   Airfix and Humbrol were bought almost immediately by Hornby, while it took a few years to get a buyer for Heller, but French toy company Joustra eventually acquired them about a year or so ago.  The man now in charge of Heller is a relatively young guy, in his early 30's, he interned at Tamiya in Japan and helped with the design and tooling of some of their recent super-kits like the 1/32 Spitfire IX and P-51D. He seems very ambitious about doing new tooling at Heller. 


Thanks for the insight Brett. Sounds like good news for those liking out-of-stream kits.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:33 AM

What's next?   A Yugo?



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:07 AM

What's next?   A Yugo?


Probably no Yugo...French cars from a French company.

Maybe somebody from The Czech Republic or Slovakia could step up to that challenge :)

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

Agreed - I don't see Heller making something like a Yugo.  However, if the R4 is a success, then perhaps we can hope that the next old car that they do in 1:24 will be that other French automotive icon, the Citroen DS.  A Facel Vega would be fantastic, but sadly probably not mainstream enough...